- In Vegas, anything GLOWs.
The story of this season sees the girls of GLOW move to Las Vegas, where they fight for their survival following their show being dropped from television. This season, they are joined by a new cast member, Geena Davis, who plays the role of Sandy Devereaux St. Clair, the entertainment director of the Fan-Tan Hotel & Casino (GLOW's new venue) and former Vegas showgirl. St. Clair provides GLOW with a new infusion of casino cash, making their prospects healthier than ever. However, the team faces the dreary wear and tear of performing the same show every night, while also dealing with "affairs and misadventures of the heart."
For this season, Britt Baron (Justine "Scab" Biagi), Kate Nash (Rhonda "Britannica" Richardson), Gayle Rankin (Sheila the She Wolf), Kia Stevens (Tammé "The Welfare Queen" Dawson), Jackie Tohn (Melanie "Melrose" Rosen) and Chris Lowell (Sebastian "Bash" Howard) were upgraded from recurring to starring cast members.
- "Up, Up, Up"
- "Hot Tub Club"
- "Desert Pollen"
- "Say Yes"
- "Freaky Tuesday"
- "Outward Bound"
- "Hollywood Homecoming"
- "Keep Ridin'"
- "The Libertines"
- "A Very GLOW Christmas"
Reception for the season has been mostly positive, with the show rated at 82 on Metacritic with 12 reviews as of August 25, 2019. On Rotten Tomatoes, the season is 88%, with 42/48 positive reviews. Rotten Tomatoes' consensus for the season states that "GLOW dives even deeper into the lives of its divas to deliver a knock-out third season that solidifies its place as one of TV's most compelling -- and hilarious -- character studies." Darren Franich of Entertainment Weekly gave the season an A-, stating that he's wondered since the show's first season if it trended a bit too sweet, but that in this season "colorful exuberance hides sadness, and struggle." However, Mat Elfring of Gamespot was disappointed by the new season, stating that it "moves away from the show's thematic backdrop in order to primarily focus on everything and anything aside from wrestling." He did feel that the season contained some "bright spots," but ultimately that it "feels transitional, as if it's leading to something far more exciting with Season 4." Robyn Bahr of Hollywood Reporter described the season as tart and magnetic, stating that it was the show's best yet. Kimberly Ricci of Uproxx, while feeling that the season "packs an emotional punch from start to end," also feels that it "grows aimless and doesn’t do so in a satisfyingly Tarantino way," and that the show will not be renewed for a fourth season, as it's come to its natural conclusion. Sophie Gilbert of The Atlantic filed the only review judged by Metacritic not to be positive, stating that the show "seems to be experimenting with a model of television writing in which plot is sidelined." The staff of the Daily Beast expressed a strong desire for a fourth season of the program, stating that if the program wasn't renewed, they would riot. The Blackwell Bulletin felt that the show faded in its third season, stating that while it is unexpectedly fun, it goes in too many different directions and that the addition of Geena Davis to the cast doesn't do much for the series.
The new season helped make GLOW the 20th most-watched show on Netflix in 2019.
Notes and references
- Showbiz Cheatsheet - ‘GLOW’ Season 3: Everything We Know So Far
- Yahoo! Lifestyle - The It List
- AV Club - Netflix's GLOW gets a fourth and final season to deliver its finisher
- Metacritic - GLOW Season 3
- Rotten Tomatoes - GLOW Season 3
- Entertainment Weekly - Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin...
- Gamespot - GLOW Season 3 Review: It Doesn't Shimmer Like It Used To
- Hollywood Reporter - 'GLOW' Season 3 Review
- Uproxx - GLOW Season 3 Loses the Underdog Edge
- The Atlantic - GLOW Goes Post-plot
- Daily Beast - If "GLOW" Doesn't Get Renewed for Season 4, We Riot
- Blackwell Bulletin - 'The Affair' heats up, 'GLOW fades...
- Insider - The 20 most-watched shows on Netflix in 2019, so far